Camp Leon 2024

Camper Applications are here!

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We are extremely excited at the prospect of having Camp Leon 2024!  We initially were told that the Diocese was not going to have camp this year in Huttonsville because the property was being sold. However, we learned this week that the property has not been sold and the Diocese will be having camps this summer!  So Camp Leon is open and ready for 2024!

As we prepare for another great year at Camp Leon, we ask that you keep a few things in mind.


  1. We have a strictly limited number of 104 spaces available for campers.  Preference will be given to members of Blessed Sacrament Parish.  As space allows, we will welcome campers from other parishes.


  1. Our Camp is designed to foster the development of Catholic faith and morals among all who participate.  We have Mass and other prayer services each day. Please prepare your children to participate fully in our prayers and to behave at all times in a Christ-like manner during Camp.  This includes following rules, respecting staff authority and respecting the property and needs of others.  Failure to do so will be cause for expulsion.


  1. Please prepare your child to understand that s/he is NOT allowed to bring any food items in their personal luggage or to receive food by mail.  The camp facilities has strict rules regarding no food being allowed in dorms, due to issues with insects.  But don’t fret, we have a wonderful team of cooks that serve three delicious meals every, along with desserts at lunch and dinner and a bedtime snack. For those picky eaters, we always have boxed cereal for breakfast and peanut butter or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch and dinner.  If there are issues with food allergies, please let us know.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you.



June 16- 22, 2024

Start your summer with a week of running, jumping, playing, and having a ton of fun at Camp Leon!  And best of all, make new friends.

What is Camp Leon? Camp Leon is a week-long camp sponsored by Blessed Sacrament Parish in South Charleston.  The camp has been in operation for over 50 years and is staffed by adult and junior staff members, many of whom have been coming to camp since they were children. All staff over the age of 18 have received Virtus training.

Ages of Campers? Campers are generally ages 7-14.  Campers presently in 9th grade and are starting 10th grade in the Fall of 2024 are eligible to serve as willing worker staff members.  Please contact us if you would like a willing worker application.


Where?  Camp Leon is located at 225 Catholic Conference Center, Huttonsville, WV (Camp Carlos/formerly Bosco) – Located twenty-three miles south of Elkins, WV, or four miles south of Huttonsville, WV, on U.S. Route 219, a three-hour drive from Charleston.


Accommodations? Children sleep in dorms with other campers of the same gender and similar age.  Dorm assignments are based on grade/age.  Each child is placed in a group for the week that is supervised by 1 adult staff member and several junior staff members.

Activities? Children are busy all week long with activities such as swimming, fishing, canoeing, zip line, rock wall climbing, horseback riding, camp fires, carnival, skits, arts and crafts and other fun games designed so that all children regardless of athletic ability can be successful.

WHEN?        Sunday through Saturday, June 16-22, 2024.

COST?         In a spirit of stewardship based on the teaching of Jesus, no standard registration fee is charged.  Each family is encouraged to contribute as they are able; keeping in mind that the actual cost per camper to our Parish is about $300.00.  No child will be excluded because of inability to pay.  Our parish budget includes no funding for Camp, so additional gifts to assist other families are MOST welcome!  Please be as generous as your situation allows.  Make checks payable to Blessed Sacrament Church and mail to Camp Leon, Blessed Sacrament Church, 305 E. Street, South Charleston, WV 25303.

DIRECTORS?                 Paula Durst and Bob Lilly

STAFF?        Approved adult and student parishioners of Blessed Sacrament and other parishes.  Red Cross certified lifeguards oversee the campers at the swimming pool, lake and all water-related activities.  All adult staff are in compliance with the United Bishops’ Charter on Child Sexual Abuse Prevention. If you are interested in serving as a staff member, please let us know!  We are always in need of adults to help as counselors, cooks, maintenance, arts & crafts, pictures, etc. 

TRAVEL?      Parents/guardians provide transportation to and from camp.  Many families choose to car-pool together.  Directions will be provided.

DEADLINE?    Since space is very limited at camp, applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis with a preference for Blessed Sacrament parishioners.  Please send your application(s) as soon as possible.  You will be notified by mail of your child’s acceptance.

If you have any questions, please contact Paula Durst 304-545-4483  – don’t forget the L between paula and durst! There is another Gmail account for PaulaDurst that is not associated with Blessed Sacrament.

Youth Mission Statement  As a Christ-centered community, Blessed Sacrament Parish seeks to ignite the hearts and minds of our youth to the love of God and all people while calling them to put their faith into action.  We seek to affirm the gifts of our youth and grow opportunities for young people to share their gifts with the larger community. Our parish strives to integrate the youth within the life and mission of the parish through living out their baptismal call in everyday life.





To fill out an application click on the link below or fill out the form and mail it in.





Camper’s Full Legal Name:  ___________________________________

Nickname: _________________________

Camper’s Birthdate:  ____________________________

Camper’s Gender  ______ Male    ________ Female

Camper’s Current School Grade[1]   ____ First  ____ Second  ______ Third  _____ Fourth

______ Fifth ______ Sixth  ______ Seventh _______ Eighth

Address: ______________________________

City : _________________________ State: ________  Zip Code:  __________________

Parents’ (or Guardian’s) Names: __________________________________

Parents’ (or Guardian’s) Phone:  Home ______________________  Cell __________________

Work _____________________________

Parents’ (or Guardian’s) Email:  _________________________________________________

Church attended by family: _________________________________________

Please list all medical information about your child that may require an accommodation at camp (Chronic illness, disabilities, dietary restrictions, activity restrictions, etc.).  We will send additional camper and medical forms once campers have been accepted.

Email applications to – please put “Camp Leon – Camper Application” and the camper’s name in the subject line.  Don’t forget the L between Paula and Durst.

Or mail to

            CAMP LEON

Blessed Sacrament Church

305 E Street

South Charleston, WV 25303


[1] Campers are generally ages 7-14.  Campers presently in 9th grade and are starting 10th grade in the Fall of 2024 are eligible to serve as willing worker staff members.  Please contact us if you would like a willing worker application.